A Reflection From Cathy Spangler
“I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint” (Hab. 2:1).
The other night I had some great contemplation time. I was digging around in Habakkuk 2:1-2 and asking the Holy Spirit, “What does it mean to ‘stand at my post,’ and what is my ‘post’? How does one ‘stand’ or ‘station’ herself?”
The questions kept coming as I read verse 2: “Then the Lord replied: ‘Write down the vision and make it plain on tablets so that a herald may run with it.’”
What vision? Why write it down? What does it mean that “the vision awaits an appointed time,” and why will it surely come and “not delay” (v. 3)?
As I processed through that, I looked out my window and noticed it had rained again. The ground was wet; the street had puddles. Suddenly the Word of the Lord came to me and I wrote it down:
“Like the rains that soak the ground I will rain down. Receive it like thirsty ground. Splash in it like the birds do.
For surely in times past I did rain and pour out My Spirit, but My people didn’t want to get wet. They regarded My Presence as a bother; a burden; a threat!
As rain runs off the hard surfaces covering the ground, some are hardened and unreceptive, so the Holy Spirit will pass by.
Prepare yourself, confess, forgive, get rid of offense and hardness. Open to Me! Seek Me. Not My gifts or miracles. Seek the living water of My Presence. Yes, splash around in it. Be cleansed, refreshed and cast away “care”. For from My throne flows a trickle that becomes a fast, flowing stream and then a deep and wide river. The river brings healing to the multitudes and brings life to what was dead and lifeless.
Blessed are those who come…
To drink of Me
To enjoy Me
To be made clean and new and whole.
I invite you to receive the latter reign!”